Cliffnotes style story: The life of the red lighthouse is to shine light for boats. When the big gray bridge was built it overshadowed the lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper thought he was no longer needed. And one day a storm brewed and without the light a black tugboat crashed. The lighthouse keeper realized he is still important "each to his other place."
I did not read this story as a child and thought it was inspiring and the picture is mesmerizing. I will put it on my to-do list whenever I travel to New York City, among a long list of things.
* I loved the story and photo so much it is my computer's wallpaper. You can download the image from National Geographic